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Date posted: 2 May 2010
The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) deplores the level of inaction on alcohol tax reform considering the recent focus on health reform.
ADCA Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Templeman, said he could not believe that the Government had missed this historic opportunity to reduce the impact of alcohol on Australian communities. He highlighted that increasing price and removing tax inconsistencies could have been implemented and would contribute to reducing alcohol-related harms.
ADCA and the entire AOD community had believed the Government's $60 million binge drinking campaign would not be the only response to a problem affecting all Australians and costing $15.3 billion per annum. The lack of further commitment makes it imperative that the rest of the Preventative Health Taskforce's alcohol recommendations, such as reforming alcohol advertising, licensing, labelling and community education, be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Manager Strategic Communications and Policy
Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia
Ph: (02) 6215 9802